- Jeff Carney Former Director, Coastal Sustainability Studio
- Bradley Cantrell
- Matthew Seibert
The Gulf Coast mega-region has been recognized as one of 11 American mega-regions defined by the Regional Plan Association as exhibiting cohesion across environmental systems, topography, infrastructure systems, economic linkages, settlement and land-use patterns, and culture and history. The I-10 corridor links small rural communities, mid-sized towns, and major metropolitan areas together into a vast, globally significant mega-region from Texas to Florida.
Currently, the greater mega-region is developing without vision or control, as a mechanism of the coupled industrialized and natural resource economies of the region. The resultant commercial, industrial, and suburban sprawl is over-running traditional communities, obstructing ecological systems, and out-competing local economies across the coast.